Mbappe has been tipped to make an announcement on his future soon, with transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano saying recently that a decision wouldn’t be made “in June or July,” the intimation that it would be far sooner.
Real are odds on to make the French superstar their next Galactico, and he would leave a gaping hole in PSG’s attack. FootballTransfers looks at who they are most likely to fill it with…
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Leao would be a statement signing for PSG. He may not be as prolific as Mbappe yet, but 15 goals and 10 assists from 35 Serie A games last season are not to be sniffed at, and he has followed that up with 11 direct goal-involvements in the current campaign.
Leao signed a new five-year contract with Milan last June which reportedly includes a €175 million release clause – a significant amount of money. But the optics of making such a blockbuster signing could help assuage disappointed PSG fans.
A player already on PSG’s books, Xavi Simons has been impressing on loan at RB Leipzig this season, with seven goals and nine assists across his Bundesliga and Champions League appearances.
A product of Barcelona’s fabled La Masia academy, Paris signed Xavi as a 16-year-old in 2019, then re-signed him last summer after an impressive stint at PSV Eindhoven in his native Netherlands. It could be third time lucky for the youngster next summer.
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Of course, it is not just wide attacking players who might be signed to replace Mbappe. The PSG captain is just as happy on the left wing as he is up front, and few players would be better placed to replace his 29 goals and counting this season than Victor Osimhen.
The Nigeria striker fired Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years last season, and although Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly at the front of the queue for the talented No.9, PSG also have the deep pockets needed to prize him away from Napoli.
And then there are the handful of players who might be able to replace the two main roles Mbappe fulfils at the Parc des Princes, the rare hybrid of winger and forward – something Leroy Sane has increasingly become at Bayern Munich.
Only Harry Kane has outscored the former Manchester City man at Bayern this season, and he is regularly linked with a move back to the Premier League. But as a French speaker – the son of former Senegal international Souleymane – adapting to life in Paris might not be too difficult.
Mo Salah must now be considered an outside bet, with it looking increasingly likely that he will swap Liverpool for the Saudi Pro League at the end of the season, but PSG are also backed by Middle-Easter money and few players in world football could help fans forget about Mbappe as quickly as the Egyptian Kind.
A winger who scores goals like a striker – Salah is a three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner – he has the ability and profile to keep PSG at the level they desire. Whether his signature is attainable now remains to be seen, though.